At the Emmaus Borough Council meeting April 20, it was announced the Health, Sanitation and Codes committee had a meeting with J.P. Mascaro and Sons to discuss the current trash pick-up.
Councilman Jeff Shubzda said Mascaro's representative was very cooperative and either had an answer for any questions the committee had or would look into issues the borough was encountering.
John Hayes, representative of the East Penn Chamber of Commerce, attended the Emmaus Borough Council April 6 regarding four proposed welcome signs in different locations throughout the borough.
The four signs would be located in front of the old fire company number three, the southeast corner of Emmaus High School on the intersection of Pine Street and Cedar Crest Boulevard, by Pickles Grill and Bar in Upper Milford Township and the First Niagara branch in front of State Avenue and Harrison Street.
Tom Campione, director of legislative affairs for an organization called Pennsylvanians for Self Protections, spoke in front of borough council March 16 regarding unlawful firearms ordinances.
Campione, who spoke before council two months ago, said a letter was sent to council back Dec. 13, 2014 by the group's attorney regarding unlawful firearms ordinances. He said council told him it was dealt with recently, and it was left at that. Campione said he proceeded to get an updated copy of the current ordinance and noticed the matter was last addressed three years ago.
Ordinance 1123 had its first reading and passed with a 6-0 vote at the Emmaus Borough Council meeting March 2.
As stated by the borough the ordinance will be "regulating the activities of transient merchants; defining relevant words and phrases; establishing a licensing program; providing the exempt persons and activities and providing for penalties for violation thereof."
According to Emmaus Borough Manager Shane Pepe, this ordinance deals with "door-to-door salesmen." Pepe said there have been a number of increasing complaints by borough staff, police and residents.
Ordinance 1121 had its first reading at the Emmaus Borough Council meeting Feb. 17. This ordinance came out of the public safety committee in partnership with the public safety team regarding graffiti vandalism.
According to Councilman Nathan Brown, this ordinance "gives us the ability to help the resident clean the graffiti off, and whoever does it, have some teeth to press charges or have the district magistrate."
Councilman Brent Labenberg expressed his disapproval with this ordinance.
The Emmaus Borough Council unanimously passed ordinance 1119 at the Jan. 19 meeting. This ordinance will establish Landis Circle as a one-way street in the northerly direction. Council plans to write another ordinance to limit parking to certain sections of Landis Circle.
At the Jan. 5 Emmaus Borough Council meeting, Ordinance 1120 had its first reading. This ordinance involves removing a residential handicap parking sign located in the front of 811 Chestnut St., as well as establishing a prohibited parking sign on Railroad Street.
"We had an issue brought to our attention that a portion of Railroad Street is not posted No Parking," Council President Lee Ann Glibert said. "We actually had individuals parking in the intersection of Fifth and Railroad Street."
Emmaus Borough Council voted to adopt the 2015 budget at the Dec. 15 council meeting.
"I think borough council achieved something that in the nine years I've been here we haven't done, but we're collectively decreasing the amount residents pay for taxes, between $19 and $21," Councilman Wesley Barrett said. In addition, in-home business taxes have been reduced by $87.
Resolution 2014-50 was passed at the Dec. 1 Emmaus Borough Council meeting which amends the scheduled fees and charges for permits and services in Emmaus.
Council member Brent A. Labenberg said one of the changes is to the summer program.
"We're increasing the fee from $25 to $40 because we want that to be paid for by the fee itself, so the borough isn't contributing any taxpayer money."
Emmaus Borough Manager Shane Pepe said the labor rates, including police and public works rates were also adjusted.
The Emmaus Borough Council made bid decisions on kerosene, unleaded fuel and diesel fuel at the Nov. 17 meeting.
"Good news this year. The bid prices all went down by about 50 cents per gallon, so that's good to hear," Borough Manager Shane Pepe said.
Council voted to award the bids to the following companies: Harned Durham for kerosene at $3.18 per gallon, Lehigh Fuels for unleaded fuel at $2.36 per gallon and Harned Durham for diesel at $2.76 per gallon.
In other business, some changes have to be made to the pension plan document.